All modern TVs are amazing compared to the standard-def sets we were using 10 years ago… at least for watching TV. Gaming, however, is a completely different story. All the fancy filters and post-processing wizardry that makes TV pictures look like you could clamber inside the TV and be in some glorious world, more colourful and crisp even than real life take time to apply. And the last thing you want when you’re gaming is any kind of control delay. So while any of these sets would be great for watching TV, these are the best sets on the market for playing games.
Sony KDL-50W829 Smart 3D 43-in Full HD TV
This is special. With an input lag of just 19ms (when in Game Mode), it’s one of the most responsive LED TVs you can get. Combine that with superb motion and colour reproduction, and this beauty is an absolute steal at $698 for the 50-inch version from Amazon US, or £589 from Amazon UK. At the time of writing, the UK site also has a 43-inch model for £499 (on the same link).
Samsung UE48J5100 Full HD 1080p 48 Inch TV (2015 Model)
There’s no point paying extra for ‘Smart TV’ gubbins when your games console can already do all that stuff anyway. So this Sammy is an absolute bargain, only £351.17 on Amazon UK (not US, sadly) at the time of writing for the 48-inch model, or an amazing £275.90 for the 40-inch version. Expect gorgeous picture quality, a fast refresh rate when in Game Mode, and super-slick picture quality on Film Mode for Blu-Rays.
Sony KD-65X9005B 65′ 4K ultra HD 800Hz
This is a 4K TV, which console gaming is yet to support. However, 1080p games will look great thanks to intelligent upscaling and a decent response rate of 33ms. And it’s 65-in, which is absolutely massive. It’ll be like you’re actually in the game. And just look at the speakers on it! This set has arguably the best integrated sound of any modern flat panel – perfect if you don’t have a stereo system, soundbar or surround sound setup. It costs a rather scary $2,674 from Amazon US or £2,500 from Amazon UK, but with a super-smooth refresh rate and 3D support, this really does pack in everything a gamer could need. And if you’re feeling particularly flush, there’s also an all-singing, all-dancing (figuratively) version for £4,999 from John Lewis.
Panasonic TX-40C300B 1080p Full HD LED 40-in TV with Freeview HD
This TV boasts an A+ energy rating, which is very welcome indeed. But as well as helping to save the environment, you’ll also get low-latency, full-HD gaming at a very nice price, namely £269 from Amazon UK. If you’re on a budget, you could do far worse.
LG 55EC930V Smart Curved 1080p Full HD OLED 55-in TV
This is a bit classy. It’s got a curved screen, for a start. Secondly, it’s OLED, which is the best kind of LED screen around due to its brightness to play Bitcoin Dice, contrast and refresh rate. Be warned, however, that 55 inches is quite large for a 1080p set so you might notice some pixelisation, but if you sit a decent distance from the picture, you will be treated to a fantastic gaming experience. Game mode delivers a 33ms response time too. Great stuff. It’s yours for a mere (cough) £1,279 from Amazon UK, of you can pick up the newer model for $1,997.99 from Amazon US.
Samsung UE32J5100 Full HD 1080p 32 inch LED TV
This TV may be comparatively small at 32-in, but it’s great for gaming, and supports full 1080p HD. It’s got a 200hz refresh rate for flicker-free movement, and 2 HDMI slots. If you’re on a budget and don’t plan to sit too far from the set, this is a great buy – especially as it’s down to just £199 from Amazon UK. That exact model isn’t available from Amazon US, but the very similar Samsung UN32J5003 is, and it’s only $199.
ASUS VE247H 24-in LED 1080p monitor
Finally, while it’s not technically a TV, this budget-price monitor is great for fast-reaction games like Call of Duty. With a 2ms response time and full HD 1080p display, this is perfect for a bedroom gaming setup. It costs just £109.57 from Amazon UK or $136.99 from Amazon US. It’s a bit on the small side, and the speakers are low quality so headphones or external speakers are advised, but in the right environment it’ll do the job nicely for a gamer.